Home-Start Stroud District
Home-Start Stroud District
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Volunteers offer regular support to prevent familiy crisis.
Many of the families we help in the local area are low income earners.
Home-Start Stroud District offers advice and support to families with children under 5 living in and around the Stroud District in Gloucestershire. The scheme has supported parents and children in this area for over 12 years, helping over 600 families and approximately 1500 children.
Home-Start's overall aim is to give children the best possible start in life. This is achieved by working to create stronger, happier, independent families through support programmes designed to reassure parents that their problems are not unusual or unique and to provide them with the skills to better deal with different situations.
Volunteers are given comprehensive training (40 hours over a ten week period) and are supported and supervised by professional coordinators. Volunteers are subject to DBS checks and satisfactory references.
Trained volunteers (who are parents themselves) are matched with families, visiting them weekly in their homes to provide support, empathy, friendship and practical assistance, encouraging the parents' strength and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of the children.
The children we help often come from families with complex and multiple needs. The families may be disadvantaged through poverty or may be vulnerable and/or 'hard to reach'. One or more family members may have a mental health condition (for example post-natal depression); more than half have needs relating to both isolation and low self esteem and are failing to access support systems.
Home-Start Stroud District aims to:
- To recruit individuals with parenting experience from the local community;to provide comprehensive accreditated training to volunteers; to supervise and support volunteers whilst they support families
- To provide a free and confidential service to families who have at least one child under the age of five years, by providing a volunteer who will visit them in their own home at least once a week.
- To offer a service to families in the local community for the benefit of the all. To work with professionals and local agencies to promote better outcomes for families.
- To raise public awareness of Home-Start so that the organisation can be sustained through volunteer support and charitable/ statutory funding.
Established: March 1999
Registered Charity Number: 1107019
Board members: 11
Part time staff: 4
Phone number: 01453 297470
Address: Annexe 3 The Wheelhouse Bond's Mill Estate Bristol Road Stonehouse Glouceshire GL10 3RFView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website